Mike Shirkey recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)
Path to the ballot
Recall language targeting Shirkey for his support of an emergency financial manager law was approved 2-1 by the Jackson County Election Commission on August 1, 2011. The commission had rejected the language of two previous petitions. Petitioners have 180 days to gather enough signatures to trigger a recall election. Recall organizers would have had to collect 7,268 signatures, which represents 25% of the number of district voters that cast ballots in the last Michigan governor's race. All of the signatures had to be gathered within a 90-day window of the 180 days.
Reasons for recall
Recall organizers cited Shirkey’s support for an amended emergency financial manager law adopted in March 2011 as the reason for recall. Michael Hills is leading the recall campaign. He argues that the emergency financial manager law gives "sole authority to reject, modify, or terminate 1 or more terms and conditions of an existing contract, and existing collective bargaining agreements," which Hills says is unconstitutional.
Shirkey responded, "Let’s allow them their right to go out and collect signatures."
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